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The Ancient Babylonian History of Haroset

By On April 6, 2017

The haroset most American Jews eat at the Passover seder to symbolize the mortar used by Hebrew slaves contains apples, walnuts and Manischewitz. But the delicious chunky mixture originated in ancient Babylonia,… Read More

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NYC’s Bygone Era of Jewish Romanian Steakhouses

By On March 31, 2017

These days people in search of a nice kosher meal wind up at a kosher version of anything from Japanese to French to good old Chinese. But if you were around New York… Read More

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The Shocking, Not-So-Oily History of the Latke

By On December 29, 2016

If for the past week, you’ve forked up a pile of potato latkes fried in olive oil, thinking you’re channeling the persistence of your Hasmonean ancestors, think again. Far from being canonical,… Read More

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The Jew Who Changed the Bagel Game Forever

By On October 20, 2016

When it comes to bagels, it’s a given that an old-school handmade bagel is going to taste way better than a mass-produced one bought at a supermarket. But rolling and shaping the… Read More

Portuguese Jews: Inventors of Fish & Chips!
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Portuguese Jews: Inventors of Fish & Chips!

By On October 8, 2015

  Jews are definitely experts in the art of fried, oily foods. Latkes and sufganiyot, even a hefty knish can prove that in the first crunchy bite. But could a Jew be… Read More

The Surprisingly Edible Way India’s Jews Mark Tisha B’Av
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The Surprisingly Edible Way India’s Jews Mark Tisha B’Av

By On July 23, 2015

What did the saddest day of the year look like in India? For the Bene Israel community, as for Jews around the world, Tisha B’Av marks the end of three weeks of… Read More

Why This Weird-Looking Mushroom is Called Jew's Ear
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Why This Weird Looking Mushroom is Called ‘Jew’s Ear’

By On May 14, 2015

What do Judas Iscariot and hot and sour soup have in common? A rubbery mushroom known as Auricularia auricula-judae or Jew’s ear. The term “Jew’s ear” might make you feel funny, but… Read More

Go Through the Drawers of a 1930s Polish Jewish Kitchen
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The New Site That Lets You Snoop Around an Old Polish Jewish Kitchen

By On February 25, 2015

Have you ever wanted to step into the past? Not into a famous battle, or a momentous event, but into someone else’s home, to be able to see how that person lived… Read More

Jewish Vs. Goyish
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Jewish v. Goyish: The Abbie Hoffman Edition

By On January 30, 2014

While many Jewish comedians (and one in particular) have noted the differing foodways of Jews and gentiles, you might be surprised to find that 1960s radical political activist Abbie Hoffman was one of them. Yes, that Abbie Hoffman. Reviled by some… Read More

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The Man Who Introduced Matzo Balls to Moo Goo Gai Pan

By On December 25, 2013

If you ate Chinese food last night you took place in a custom as entrenched as turkey and football, as latkes and sour cream, as…pastrami and egg rolls? “My personal joke is that I learned… Read More

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The Battle of the Montreal Bagel

By On November 14, 2013

If you think of New York as the North American bagel capital, chances are you’re not Canadian. Among Canadians, anyway, Montreal is renowned for a bagel of its own: small, sweet and available piping… Read More

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Falafel Philosophy

By On October 15, 2013

The Israeli writer Assaf Gavron straddles the deathly funny and deathly serious. In his novel Almost Dead, a man survives multiple suicide-bomb attacks and inadvertently becomes a national hero. His clever and subversive work, Eating Standing… Read More

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